Arthur Yates HULME
Rank: Gunner
Number: 8511
Unit: 155th Heavy Battery ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 24 October 1916
Age: 25 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium

Arthur was born in the Stockport area and enlisted into the army in the town. His parents were James, a hatter, and Sarah and he had a younger sister, Bertha. When the Census was taken in 1901, the family was living at 7 Winifred Road, Cale Green. No more recent information has been discovered.

The Royal Garrison Artillery fired the heaviest weapons in the British Army and most of the Heavy Batteries were equipped with 5 inch calibre guns which could fire a 60 pound shell over 12,000 yards. The Batteries were used to bombard enemy defences and strongpoints. On the day he was killed, Arthur and his comrades were preparing new gun positions in the then French sector. The unit’s War Diary decribes this only as “Le Foret” and was, presumably the Ploegsteert Forest, near the Belgian/French border north of Armentieres. There is no mention of casualties in the diary entry for the day and it cannot now be known how Arthur died. However, the fact that he has no known grave might suggest that he was literally blown to pieces by an enemy shell.

   
           
   
     
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